James Harden led the Houston Rockets with a record 32 points, but it wasn’t enough. The team lost Monday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 117-114.
Harden carried his frustrations with him into the locker room and knocked over a hand sanitizer station along the way. Cameras caught the frustrated sniper after the loss.
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“The teams are going to be racing, but that’s the way they have been shopping,” said Harden. “We weren’t getting our shots offensively and defensively, we weren’t respecting our principles. So it was a disaster on both sides.
With the win, Oklahoma City tied the series 2-2.
Thunder guard Dennis Schroder had 30 points off the bench. Chris Paul assisted with 26 points. These key contributions propelled the Thunder over the Rockets.
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“I still believe we can turn the tide,” Schroder said. “You just need to bring a little energy, make team saves, take the right shots and we’ll be in good shape. We’ve been doing it all season.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan expressed confidence in his team. The Thunder lost 15 points in the third quarter.
“I think a lot of these guys now understand, there are so many possessions in an NBA game. There is so much time and people are playing so much faster. Advances that years ago could seem like a really very difficult hill to climb are certainly achievable to get back into the game, ”he said.
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The fifth game between the two teams will take place on Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.